How To Configure Windows
1 Check for updates
Your new laptop should automatically check for updates, but you can also check for them manually. Just click the settings icon on the Start button to go to Settings, choose Update & Security> Windows Update and then click the Check for Updates button. (Or just type "updates" in the search box and click Check for updates.)
2 System restore
If something goes wrong with your laptop, you can save a lot of time and hassle by having a "restore point", which is like a backup of your entire operating system. To configure a restore point, search for "restore" in the taskbar and click Create a restore point. You will access the System Protection tab of the System Properties window.
From there, you can choose what you want to include on the back and then click the Configure button. Select the radio dial to activate system protection if it is not already activated. And then you can choose how much disk space you want to reserve, usually no more than 2-3 percent.
3 power plan
If you want to extend the battery life of your laptop, one of the best things you can do is change the energy saving, high performance and balanced energy plans according to your needs. To choose a plan, right-click the battery icon in the lower right corner of your screen and click Power Settings. Then click Additional Power Settings to select a power plan.
4 Application installation tolerance level
To restrict what apps can be installed on your laptop, you can ban anything not found in the Windows Store. Go to Settings> Applications> Apps and Features and you can choose whether you want to allow installs only from Windows Store, any app installs (with a warning) or unrestricted app installs.
5 Remove bloatware
Suppliers package new laptops with many test applications, which are mostly unnecessary and unwanted software called bloatware.
Windows 10 offers an easy way to see what apps are installed on your new laptop and a quick way to uninstall the ones you don't want. Head to Settings> Applications> Applications and Features and browse the list. If you don't want an app and you're 100% sure your computer doesn't need it, click the Uninstall button.
Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that makes all of your data inaccessible until you pay a fee to hackers.
To combat it, type "Windows Defender Security Center" in the search bar at the bottom of the screen, click on it and go to Virus and threat protection> Virus and threat protection settings. Here, you will be able to enable a new option called Controlled Folder Access, which protects you against ransomware attacks. By default, the Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders are protected, but you can also add others.
Do you know what settings to change and update to optimize your laptop? This article barely scratches the surface of Windows 10's security and efficiency settings. Call us today to quickly chat with one of our Microsoft experts about taking yours to the next level.